Erie lucks out and narrowly avoids nor’easter


March 21, 2018

It’s fair to say that Erie residents are sick of winter weather this year. The city has endured a whopping 193 inches of total snowfall this season, leading the entire nation for big cities. It only would have taken about 7 more inches of snow to break the all-time record held by Buffalo (199.5 in). And as surprising as it may sound, Erie potentially could have surpassed this record if it had been enveloped in Winter Storm Toby, the nor’easter that is currently blanketing the country.

“Thank God,” Erie resident James Lin stated, “I honestly don’t care about breaking the snow record. We’ve had so much snow this year, it’s been rough and I’m ready for it to finally stop.”

“I mean, it would’ve been cool if we broke the snowfall record,” Prep student Luke Bongiorno continued, “I’m ready for Spring though. The snow was fun while it lasted but I think I’m ready to move on.”

Toby is the fourth winter storm this month to strike the northeastern portion of the country. Already, the storm has been reported to produce about 8.6 inches in parts of New York as it continues to cake the region in snow. The heaviest hit area afflicted by the storm seems to be the town of Windber, Pennsylvania. The borough has endured an impressive 19 inches of snow from this storm, surprising many meteorologists and weather experts.

The storm is expected to conclude Thursday morning in New York City. The bitterness and intensity of Toby caused many complications for those in the afflicted areas. Over 4,400 flights were cancelled due to the storm. In some cities like New York and Philadelphia, schools were closed or delayed because of the relentless nor’easter.

“It would’ve been nice if that nor’easter swept through Erie,” Prep student Thomas Francoeur said, “we may have been able to luck out and get at least a 2 hour delay.”

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